Leaving Cert Requirements

2017 Leaving Certificate Grading Changes

From 2017 onwards a new Leaving Certificate grading scale was introduced. This brought with it changes to the minimum entry requirements (matriculation) for our programmes and also to how applicants are scored for their leaving certificate results.

 

First, let’s look at the matriculation requirements: 

Level Prior to 2017 Current
7 5 Ordinary Level D3 5 O6 / H7
8 2 Higher Level C3 + 4 Ordinary Level D3 2 H5 + 4 O6 / H7

The above are the general entry requirements that apply to all of our level 7 / level 8 programmes. 

 

 Our programmes also have subject specific requirements that must be met:

Code Level Minimum Subjects English Requirement Maths Requirement Portfolio Requirement
DL821 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 H4 No
DL822 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 F2/O6/H7 No
DL823 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 F2/O6/H7 No
DL825 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 No
DL826 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL827 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL828 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL829 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL830 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL831 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL832 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL833 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL834 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL835 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 No
DL836 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 No
DL837 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 No
DL838 8 2 H5 + 4 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 Yes
DL701 7 5 O6 / H7 O6/H7 F2/O6/H7 No

Table showing the equivalent Pre 2017 minimum entry requirements follows:

CAO Code Level Portfolio Minimum Subjects Maths English
DL821 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 HC3
DL822 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL823 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL825 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL826 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL827 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL828 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL829 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL830 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL831 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL832 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL833 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL834 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL835 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL836 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL837 8 No 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3
DL838 8 Yes 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 OD3 OD3
DL701 7 No 5 OD3 OD3 OD3

Now let's look at scoring: 

New Common Points Scale for Entry to Higher Education from 2017.
The new scale will apply to all applicants applying to CAO on the basis of their Leaving Certificate examination results (1985 – present). If you sat the Leaving Certificate between 1985 and 2016, scores for grades will be adjusted to conform to the new scale. The points available under the new scale cannot be compared with the points awarded up to 2016.

 

The New Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate from 2017 is as follows:

Higher Level Grade Points Ordinary Level Grade Points
H1 100
H2 88
H3 77
H4 66
H5 56 O1 56
H6 46 O2 46
H7 37 O3 37
H8 0 O4 28
O5 20
O6 12
O7 0
O8 0

Maths Bonus Points
25 bonus points will continue to be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade, an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant.

 

Applicants presenting Leaving Certificate results 1992 to 2016:

1992 to 2016 LC Grade New Points Awarded Higher Level New Points Awarded Ordinary Level
A1 100 56
A2 88 46
B1 88 46
B2 77 37
B3 77 37
C1 66 28
C2 66 28
C3 56 20
D1 56 20
D2 46 12
D3 46 12
E 33 0
F 0 0
NG 0 0

Applicants presenting Leaving Certificate results 1985 to 1991:

1985 to 1991 LC Grade New Points Awarded Higher Level New Points Awarded Ordinary Level
A 100 56
B 77 37
C 66 28
D 46 12
E 33 0
F 0 0
NG 0 0

If you have any queries in relation to these changes feel free to contact us at admissions@iadt.ie.